Book Review: Trauma and Recovery, J. Herman

Title:Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
Author:Judith Herman
Year:2015
Importance:5/5
Accessibility:2/5
Recommended:4/5

Herman’s seminal book on psychological trauma and recovery from its grip was a hard read. It uses more academic language than Pete Walker’s easily accessible book, but turning every page was pretty much a lightbulb moment as I came to learn the neurological underpinnings to the struggles I’ve always had with my head.

Trauma is never a standalone issue, and to conquer it we will have to work together as society. Herman gives a great overview of psychodrama throughout history which helps us understand why trauma is still badly supported within mental health services.

If you can make it through to the end, Herman instead offers hope for a trauma-informed society with this very compassionate take on this often painful subject.

I would highly recommend this as one of the key reads about trauma, which is often referenced elsewhere, but it won’t be for everybody.

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Book Review: Complex PTSD – Pete Walker

A must-read book about Complex PTSD, very accessible, and with practical advice. 🧠✨

Title:Complex PTSD: From Surviving To Thriving
Author:Pete Walker
Year:2013
Importance:5/5
Accessibility:5/5
Recommended:5/5

This was the first book I ever read which talked about complex PTSD and emotional flashbacks in such accessible and easy-to-understand terms. It changed my life. Everyone who has any interest or relationship with complex trauma should read this book. And if you can only read one book to start with, this is also a good one to go for.

There is a lot of scientifically validated information and research here. Walker, also with lived-experience of CPTSD, has presented and explained everything in a way which will finally give you some answers after a lifetime of searching.

The Americanism and sometimes under-par formatting lets it down a little, it’s no literary masterpiece and ‘which trauma type are you?’ style quiz can take the tone down a little, but the accessible context and delivery is life-changing.

In fact, this book inspired me to create the emotional flashback cards you can now download for free here. I asked Pete for his approval and he is very happy to support my work here. Thanks Pete! 🙏🏼

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